The conflict between the Muslim and Western worlds is part of a theory made popular by Samuel Huntington's 1996 book "Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order." Minnesota Public Radio will host a Public Insight Forum to test the notion that a confrontation between Islam and the West is the inevitable result of shifts in global culture.
Recent incidents involving local cab drivers, store clerks, and imams detained at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport have surfaced local tensions surrounding this complex global issue.
Confirmed panelists include:
Kathleen Collins is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. Professor Collins is an expert in the relationship between Islam and politics and author of the recently published book "Clan Politics and the Transformation of Regimes in Central Asia."
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. Professor Nasr is the author of numerous books including "Man and Nature: the Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man," "Religion and the Order of Nature," and "Knowledge and the Sacred."
Afshin Molavi is a Fellow at the New America Foundation and the former correspondent for the Reuters news agency based in Dubai. He is author of "Persian Pilgrimages: Journeys Across Iran."
This Public Insight Forum is produced in collaboration with the National Security Forum at William Mitchell College of Law.